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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Modifications to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan

November 27, 2018

Framework Adjustment 6 would reduce the current management uncertainty buffer between the annual catch limit and catch target, allowing for an increase in the total allowable landings in the wing and bait fisheries for 2018 and 2019.

We propose to:

  • Adjust the management uncertainty buffer from 25 percent to 10 percent.
  • Increase the annual catch target for the skate complex to 28,194 mt from 23,495 mt.
  • Increase total allowable landings of skate wings to 10,499 mt from 8,749 mt.
  • Increase the total allowable landings of skate bait to 5,289 mt from 4,408 mt.

To get all the details on these proposed modifications, read the proposed rule as published in the Federal Register today.

We are accepting comments through December 12, 2018.

Please submit comments either through the online e-rulemaking portal or by mailing your comments to:

Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator
NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region
55 Great Republic Drive Gloucester, MA, 01930

Please mark the outside of the envelope, "Comments on the Proposed Rule for Skate Framework 6.”


Fishermen: Contact Emily Gilbert , Sustainable Fisheries, 978-281-9244  
Media: Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, 978-281-9175